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Who Wants to Be a Provost?
Headhunter Isaacson, Miller — led by John Isaacson ‘68 — has issued the Provost’s position Invitation to Apply. The document is well written, in contrast to the Trustees’ recent Presidential Leadership Statements, and it tells us a few things about the adminsistration going forward:
— The Kim administration’s changes to the College’s traditional hierarchy will continue. Until just a few years ago, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences reported directly to the President — as befits a school that places a special emphasis on its undergraduate program. However, when Carol Folt assumed the Provost position under Kim, she elevated herself over the Dean in a manner typical of major research universities.
— Throughout the Invitation, Dartmouth is carefully described as balancing its commitments to teaching and scholarship:
Out of kindness, we’ll avoid extended comment on the awkward phrases “liberal engineering education” and “technology thought leader” from the third paragraph above; they are stylistic exceptions in this solid document.
— The Provost’s core job definition is replete with calls for change and improvement: it notes that the Provost is responsible for “new initiatives”; “improvements and innovations in teaching and research”; and “innovative, collaborative and intelligent leadership.” Let’s hope that these words are more than platitudes; the College has seen little progress as regards pedagogy or residential life for almost a decade and a half.
— There seems to be a signal in the document that graduate programs in the Arts and Sciences are going to have to pass a tougher barrier to entry in the future, though one has to wonder how often the people in new “postdoctoral research positions” will end up teaching.
The person that Phil Hanlon’s chooses as his Provost will have a material impact on the success of his administration. Let’s hope that he picks a forceful leader who is determined to improve the College. We’ve have enough of highly paid seat-warmers.
Addendum: The Search Committee is led by the Chair of the Native American Studies Program Bruce Duthu, and includes Government Department Chair John Carey, Engineering Professor Tillman Gerngross, Tuck Professor Robert Hansen, Geisel Professor Yolanda Sanchez, English Professor Barbara Will, Mathematics and Computer Science Professor Peter Winkler, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris, Nia Foney ‘15 and John O’Toole Tu’14.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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